Definition of rubicund in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈro͞obəˌkənd/


(Especially of someone’s face) having a ruddy complexion; high-colored.
Example sentences
  • Over a glass of rubicund wine and juicy steak, he poses the main dilemma of the movie.
  • A bearded, rubicund, large man who also specialises in truffles and wild asparagus, there is something of the forest about him, something gnomishly mysterious.
  • The relatives had all gathered round for one last kind word to them, and many still laughed and joked with rubicund cheeks and loose tongues.



Pronunciation: /ˌro͞obəˈkəndədē/


Late Middle English (in the general sense 'red'): from Latin rubicundus, from rubere 'be red'.

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Syllabification: ru·bi·cund

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